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Save the dateNovember 30, 20219:30 AM - 12:30 PM (GMT+11)
Contact Person: Ahi Team
Event Details
Event Details

Want to understand the key housing challenges facing lower income and disadvantaged people, and how they are being addressed? And what role you can play working for public, not-for-profit, peak body and private sector organisations? Learn how to navigate through the housing sector and help make a difference in this engaging, interactive online workshop.

This 3-hour Zoom event includes polling on hot-topic issues, video clips, small group discussion, continuing participant input, and a lively  Q&A with the presenter.  Once registered you'll receive a pre-workshop questionnaire with Zoom joining details and passcode sent one day prior to the workshop. Once you've completed the workshop, you'll receive a digital copy of the slides and other useful background information.

We value feedback! Post workshop a survey will be sent to you to fill out. This is your opportunity to ask further questions, or provide feedback about this workshop.

What you'll gain from this workshop:

  • An understanding of key terms used in, and issues facing the social and affordable housing industry
  • The ability to identify industry organisations and their roles: public housing agencies, community housing providers, private developers, planners, peak bodies and service providers
  • Guidance on where to gain further sector knowledge and resources.

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Recently recruited public/community housing staff, managers and directors
  • Existing public/community housing staff, managers and directors who need a refresher, or want to gain broader industry perspectives
  • Private sector affordable housing developers
  • National, state government and local government staff involved in promoting delivery of social and affordable housing
  • Housing academics and researchers, peak and industry body staff, affordable housing financiers, housing consultants, and other service providers

This online workshop is relevant for anyone working or interested in working in the Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand housing sector. No prior housing knowledge is needed. 

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Course outline
Course outline

    The housing system

    • Challenges faced by the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand housing systems
    • Housing tenure, including moves between different tenures
    • Understanding differences between housing affordability and affordable housing

    Social housing organisations

    • Roles of public, not-for-profit and private organisations in owning and managing social housing.
    • Proportions of social housing to total housing in and around Australasia, with international comparisons
    • Locations, age and typical building type of social housing - and an analysis of who lives in social housing
    • Social housing challenges including lack of supply, the need to ration access to housing, geographical concentration and poor property condition
    • Core activities(tenancy management and asset management) and newer activities (property development, community development, tenant empowerment) of social housing organisations.

    Delivering new social & affordable housing

    • Government grants and new housing delivery programs
    • Use of the planning system
    • Cross-subsidy from the sale of new homes to deliver additional affordable rental housing
    • Raising bank finance

    The social & affordable housing industry

    • Peak bodies, industry associations and professional organisations
    • Organisations supporting the sector: banks, consultants and service providers
    • Sources of news and research
    • Typical career pathways, including moves within the industry and related sectors
    Workshop Facilitator
    Workshop Facilitator
    • Dr Tony Gilmour (Founder and President of Housing Action Network)

      Dr Tony Gilmour

      Founder and President of Housing Action Network

    Tony is an affordable housing consultant with a passion for helping public, private and not-for-profit organisations deliver great outcomes for the communities they serve.

    He is founder and President of the Housing Action Network - a leading housing consultancy operating across Australia and New Zealand.

    Tony has worked on diverse projects, from helping regional community housing organisations increase capacity, to Australia's largest stock transfers and transforming social housing in Wellington. For four months in 2016 he was Acting General Manager of Junction Australia's community housing business in South Australia.

    Tony is former President of the Australasian Housing Institute, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has published internationally on growing the community housing sector, public housing estate renewal and financing affording housing.


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